Caring for Perennials

by Amy Gordon
(last updated April 2, 2021)

While annuals are flowers that last for only one growing season, perennials are flowers that will last for two or more years. Perennials take a little more care than annuals since they are intended to last longer, but the end result can be very satisfying, since you will have the opportunity to see your plants grow for several years.

When you are planting your perennials, you can do so at almost any time of the growing season. Even though you can plant late into the summer, however, it does not mean that it is a good idea. Your perennials will grow much better if you plant them at the beginning of the spring, so they will have the whole growing season to establish themselves. Then, when fall and winter come, the perennials will be able to stand up to the cold temperatures. If you choose to wait until the end of the growing season to plant, you should expect to lose at least a few of your tender plants.

There are many types of perennials, so you are sure to find a type that fits your specific situation. Once you have chosen which plant you want to grow, preparing and planting the perennial is about the same, no matter what type you are growing. You must start by preparing the area. Be sure to remove any rocks that would impede growth or just look ugly. Also make sure that the area is free of weeds and other growth that will choke out your perennials. You should also be sure that the area you are growing in is able to retain moisture, but is not too wet. Finally, make sure that your perennials will have the nutrients they need. Add fertilizer if necessary.

Planting the perennials is fairly straightforward, just remember after you plant the perennials to make sure that they get enough water and are free of weeds. The perennials should grow fine throughout the growing season. Once you hit fall and winter, they should continue to live without any aid, but you might consider cutting them back, both for aesthetics and to help prevent foliage disease. If you do choose to cut them back, do not do so until the perennials have already experienced frost. Be sure to only cut back a few inches or you could leave your perennial in danger of dying from the cold weather.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...


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